For the past year and a half or so I have worked at Hobbico in Champaign, Illinois. As of this week I am no longer a full-time employee there. I have dropped down to part tome to take classes at parkland College leading up to my move to Georgia this fall..
Since I started at Hobbico, I haven’t posted to this blog as often as I would have liked. Certainly, I have posted some as I have worked on my drawing skills, but my new animated output has dwindled to basically nothing. At work, though, I have produced a lot of new videos. I thought this might be a good occasion to post some of the work I’ve made at Hobbico in reverse chronological order.
This is my newest video up online. While I wouldn’t say it is the absolute strongest thing I’ve ever made, it is the first piece I’ve made at work with our new 3D Animation software. It has been incredibly exciting and fulfilling. THe days at work that have been largely taken up with that sort of work seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye.
The second of my most recent videos. This one pretty obviously centers around just one idea. I think I executed that idea pretty well, to keep an otherwise really boring video of someone pushing buttons, a little more exciting. This video gave me fits in its creation and rendering inside of After Effects, but taught me a valuable lesson about that particular piece of software.
This video promotes a fairly high-end (I think) R/C radio system. I tried to implement a simple, clean graphical style that contrasted a lot with the other radio videos I’ve seen.
I had a lot of fun putting this one together. I recently won a license of the Element 3D Plug-in from Video Copilot in a random drawing. It really extended what I was able to do with After Effects. I used it in this video to create the opening animation and all of the titles in the video. I’m also pretty proud of the compositing on the sneaky box at the end.
I just did the opening logo animation for this. I’m happy with how it turned out though.
Overall this video is fine enough. I had a lot of fun with the little cartoon chipmunk though.
This one isn’t as technically complex as some of these have been, but I think it has a really strong style to it. It’s been great as I’ve grown in confidence and competence to focus more on a look and a feel than simply pulling off a particular technique successfully.
A promo for a RC event in Indiana last year. I actually did this one outside of work as a freelancer.
In a podcast I recently listened to, Nick Campbell of Greyscale Gorilla, said you can tell you’re making good progress if you’re sick of the stuff you made six months ago. I guess it’s a good sign then that I don’t love this as much as I used to.
I’ll stop there. There are a lot more videos I put together on the Hobbico YouTube Channel but this post is long enough already.
I’m so incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have had at Hobbico. I have great coworkers and am given an incredible amount of freedom to learn new techniques and try new things.
I know I tend to start the years off pretty strong on the blog (resolution style) but I’ve got a lot of change coming this year so I should also have a lot more to write about.